This year, we’ve included a new resource to help encourage parents and volunteers as they interact with children during and after Kids Club. In addition to providing a parent/volunteer devotional, we will have a Kids Club bookstore where you can find books and sermons from authors we trust about heaven. You might be wondering why we’ve chosen to include such a thing this year.
Take a trip to our local Barnes and Noble and you’re sure to find many volumes of print written on the topic of heaven. A quick search on amazon.com yields 135,970 results. As you may have guessed, however, not all books are created equal.
A while back, Dave Cover shared a great blogpost on watching the theology of “Christian” books. I was particularly struck by the following:
“There is certainly no shortage of “Christian” books to read. Many of them are definitely worth reading. Probably most of them will ruin your life. Few things are more destructive than “Christian” books with bad theology. They are like a Trojan Horse that you let into your view of God and yourself and everything that happens in your life. You drop your guard because it’s a “Christian” book—a gift, something safe—but inside it is an idea or view of God and Christ and Christianity that, like a plundering enemy at night while you sleep, destroys your soul and your ability to live the real Christian life.”
Dave goes on to site Paul’s warning in 1 Timothy 4:16–”Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
As we’ve discussed each Monday, the idea of heaven is a common, culturally accepted one. Oddly enough, this is the very thing that makes it potentially dangerous to our souls. As Paul points out, though, bad theology isn’t just dangerous to us, but also to our hearers. For those of us involved in Kids Club, our hearers are children who will most likely have questions that go well beyond a few hours in June. As a staff team, we want to do everything we can to support you through these challenging conversations. Below are a few short reviews of the doctrinally sound books for children that will be included in our book store. Be sure to check it out each night of Kids Club.
Heaven for Kids by: Randy Alcorn
Recommended For: Elementary/Middle School Aged Children and Families
In this text, Alcorn adapts his original adult version to a younger audience. He begins by explaining why Christians should look forward to heaven. He later goes on to address many frequently asked questions including: If we’re good, does that mean we’ll go to heaven? Will we have real bodies in heaven? Can we be sure we’ll go to heaven? What will we do in heaven? Will there be pets or sports? Will we be angels in heaven? Through the careful use of scripture and excerpts from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia each topic is unpacked in an easy to understand yet thoughtful way. Families might benefit from first reading or watching The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe to help children understand the illustrations used.
Someday Heaven by: Larry Libby Illustrated by: Wayne McLoughlin
Recommended For: Preschool/Elementary Children and Families
In Someday Heaven, Larry Libby provides biblically based answers to questions many children have about heaven including How can I be sure I’m going to heaven? Will I be an angel? Are there pets in heaven? How long will I be there? Throughout the text, Libby carefully crafts language in a way that allows young readers to understand complex truths by using imagery, word pictures, and tangible examples. McLoughlin’s warm, colorful illustrations also provide a beautiful, engaging picture support for young readers.
Tell Me About Heaven by: Randy Alcorn Illustrated by: Ron DiCianni
Recommended for: Elementary Children and Families
Jake has always looked forward to spending time at his grandparent’s home each summer. This excitement changes after his grandmother dies and he is left with just his grandpa. During his stay, Jake has the opportunity to talk with his grandpa about Heaven. Through their dialogue, readers hear questions and Biblical answers to many common questions about heaven. They also receive encouragement that if they love Jesus, death is nothing to fear because the “best is yet to come.”
What About Heaven? By: Kathleen Long Bostrom Illustrated by: Elena Kucharik
Recommended for: Pre-School/ Elementary Children and Families
Using rhyme and colorful, cartoon-like illustrations Bostrom and Kucharik paint a picture of what the Bible says about heaven for young readers. The author closes the book by providing scripture references for each line of the text that families can look more closely at together. If your children enjoy The Rhyme Bible, they will enjoy this book as well.
Another helpful tool available at the Bookstore will be copies of selected sermons about heaven from the pastors at the Crossing. You can also listen to them here:
Heaven is a Place on Earth by: Dave Cover
Do All Dogs Go to Heaven? by: Shay Roush
The Present Power of a Future Promise by: Keith Simon
What Will Your Name Be in Heaven? by: Dave Cover